Asian Entertainment Streaming Updates March 29, 2016
It’s been awhile, ne? NeeNee is super busy right now, but things are slowly calming down. Kind of cool, sort of like vindication for all the hard work our small staff puts in, is that Writers Digest has named NewPages in its annual 101 Best Websites for Writers! Had to share the good real life work news.
On to some fun stuff.
Netflix adds some more Korean dramas, I know I’m behind in report these, mianhae. Added is the Korean remake of hit Japanese drama Nodame’s Cantible, Tomorrow’s Cantabile. You have an uptight musician who wishes to be a conductor and an oddball girl who captures his heart and helps him realize his dream and her own. In 9 Seconds – Eternal Time a boy and girl have a magic camera that allows them to stop time and capture their sweetest moments together. An immortal vampire who appears physically to be only 20 slowly falls for a mortal man, but time is not on their side in Never Die.
Hilarious romantic comedy Full House Take 2, starring Park Ki Woong, Hwang Jung Eum, and Noh Min Woo, is also available. We have a wannabe fashion designer who becomes a stylist to popular duo Take 2 only to become embroiled in a love triangle and contract engagement. This drama seriously helped me make it through the shipwreck that was May Queen which aired at the same time in 2012. Political thriller Peninsula (Korean Peninsula) shows a covert war between the powers that be as they battle to control the country’s resources and technology.
It’s the story of comeback kids! Netflix brings back Birdie Buddy, Padam Padam, and Tamra, the Island to it’s streaming selection as it removes Good Doctor.
In anime news, Crunchyroll has announced the start of it’s Spring 2016 lineup! Continuing simulcasts include Naruto Shippuden Season 17, One Piece: Dressrosa continued, Case Closed, Folktakes from Japan, Durarara!! X2 The Third Arc, and Cardfight!! Vanguard G GIRS Crisis. New simulcast titles include Space Patrol Luluco, Anne-Happy, Ushio and Tora, Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-, and KAGEWANI -II-.
In case you missed it, DramaFever adds Jang Geun Suk’s latest historical drama Daebak (aka Jackpot) and Song Joong Ki’s latest Descendants of the Sun. Lee Joon stars in the spinoff of Vampire Prosecutor (both seasons on DramaFever…and we’re desperately wishing for a third thanks to that cliffhanger ending) Vampire Detective. Oh, and Rain’s latest drama Please Come Back, Mister is also streaming.
Also added to the DramaFever library is movie Late Autumn, Korean dramas Ms. Temper and Nam Jung Gi, choose your romance drama Click Your Heart, and Marriage Contract. In Chinese dramas, you have Imperial Doctress and Female Assassins on the Palace.
KBS World TV is a great YouTube channel for streaming Korean dramas. The cool thing is that they add some older dramas, so not just currently airing weekend or dailies. Recently added are Lucifer aka The Devil (I can never remember if the Japanese is based on the Korean or if the Korean is based on the Japanese), historical drama Jang Young Sil, and action series The Fugitive: Plan B starring Rain and Daniel Henney.
Also available are The Promise; Five Enough; Scandal in Old Seoul; I’m Sorry, I Love You; Hwangjini; All is Well; Bread, Love, and Dreams; and All About My Mom. You might know some of these dramas by other names, too.
Don’t forget about Thai lakorns! GMM TV is streaming several series with English subtitles. Series you can watch include Secret Love, Kiss The Series, Ugly Duckling The Series, and Room Alone The Series.
Viki has acquired streaming rights to Chinese thriller Wind Chime, Korean action drama Pied Piper, Jang Geun Suk’s Jackpot (aka Daebak), Sung Yuri’s and Kang Ji Hwan’s Monster, Taiwanese idol dramas The Love Song and Refresh Man, plus Korean dramas Goodbye Mr. Black, Page Turner, and Ms. Temper & Nam Jung Gi.